Cape Town - Bafana Bafana played to a goalless draw with Ghana in a practice match played in Dubai on Saturday.
Coach Stuart Baxter named two separate teams, one that played in first half and the other in the last 45 minutes in a bid to give every player a run ahead of the AFCON tournament scheduled to kick off next week.
Played in blazing heat, Bafana Bafana started the brighter of the two and could have taken the lead in the 2nd minute but Thulani Serero opted to pass from the edge of the box and Ghana survived.
There was very little goalmouth action in the opening stanza as the scorching heat took centre stage, although Ghana at times were threatening.
The second half was a different ball game altogether as the Bafana Bafana second side led by Lebogang Maboe was buzzing throughout the last 45 minutes and with steady shooting, could have surprised their opponents.
Coach Stuart Baxter said he was pleased with the exercise saying the team was not completely ready but was slowly getting there.
Bafana Bafana's next game is against Angola, in another practice match scheduled for Aero Sports Club in Cairo
Darren Keet, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkwhanazi, Sfiso Hlanti, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch, Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba.
Darren Keet/Ronwen Williams, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Innocent Maela, Daniel Cardoso, Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Bongani Zungu, Sbusiso Vilakazi, Themba Zwane, Lebo Maboe, Lars Veldwijk.